Welcome Aboard The
Aviation Boatswain's Mates Association!

Established in 1974 as the professional working organization of the Navy's finest Sailors, Aviation Boatswain's Mates, in order to collectively identify, and develop corrective action to the problems that plague our Sailors, our Equipment, and Naval Aviation Safety.

Since our founding we have been extraordinarily successful in providing numerous improvements in the areas of aircraft launch and recovery, refueling, aircraft handling, and more effective fire fighting procedures.

The Aviation Boatswain's Mates Association continues to have an annual Professional Working Group where old friendships can be renewed, and new friendships formed, but most importantly a place where AB's can gather and have their voices head as they join an excellent forum for problem resolution. The Professional Working Groups "workshops" are professionally oriented and are attended by shipboard fleet and shore based personnel along with system command level technical specialist, in-service engineering agents, and manpower management directors.

Workshop results are then forwarded to the office of the Chief of Naval Operations for review and future correction. No other group enjoys this "avenue to the top brass" as does the AB community.

A message from our National President


Last month I was honored and humbled to be elected to serve you as our National President of the Aviation Boatswain’s Mates Association (ABMA). This will be the first of many messages that I or the Vice President, ABHCS Jorge Ramirez, will send out to bring awareness to our great association

75 years ago, our rating was established and as they say, the rest is history! We have seen marvelous advances in technology, equipment and aircraft, but all these advances would have been for nothing without the dedication of the thousands of ABs who came before us, and those who will serve after us. Our ABs are the vital strings needed in Naval Aviation, and the key to our mission success in Naval dominance across the globe. Your professionalism and steadfast work are what gets these aircraft fueled, taxied, launched and recovered, on our Carriers, Amphibs and stations ashore.

I want to give special recognition to our Retirees and Veteran AB’s and say Thank You and Welcome Home. Your support after your service to our nation, is what allows our organization to function for our Active Duty ABs to ensure their safety and survivability. Whether you served for 20 plus years or 4, you are an AB and always welcomed in our organization designed for all. I encourage you to seek out your local Chapters so you can get involved.

Keep up the tremendous work ABs, and let's take a minute to pray for our fellow AB's that are away from their families, and wish them a safe return, and lest we forget our departed AB’s who made our rate what it has become over the last 75 years.

Keep Your Head on a Swivel!

LCDR Oscar Flores

ABMA Annual Awards


Aviation Boatswain’s Mate -
aunch/Recovery (ABE)

Aviation Boatswain's Mate -
Fuels (ABF)

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate -
Handler (ABH)

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